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Cost Breakdown of Making Your Own Kombucha + How to Flavor

I recently posted on how to make your own Kombucha. If you have no idea what I am talking about or what the heck Kombucha even is please go read my other post on it here. Included in this post are links to some other great resources that explain in greater detail the wonderful healing benefits of this natural pro-biotic drink.

If you have read this post already and possibly already attempted to make some of your own, you hopefully have seen how incredibly easy it is! Not to mention how cheap it is. For those that are less likely to attempt making something like this but still want to reap the benefits of Kombucha, you can purchase some at your local health food store and other well known grocery stores such as Whole Foods. If you are located in the Paris Texas area you can find some at The Wellness Center located off of Ballard.  If you have not visited them you definitely should. They sell lots of wonderful natural supplements and foods. You can visit their website here. My favorite brand of store bought Kombucha I like to buy as a special treat every now and then is Synergy (favorite flavor: Bilberry). In fact, I bought myself a bottle of it the other day at the local health food store I discovered here in Ocklewaha, Florida.

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That is my very white hand holding the bottle. You may not recognize it when I return from Florida as operation tan will be going down most every afternoon. Gotta get my dose of Vitamin D in!

I figured with the camp food I am eating most of the month it wouldn’t hurt to chug down some natural probiotics to feed my gut with good bacteria. Did you know that 80% of our immune system lies within our gut?? Yeah. Well now you do. So you better believe it is important to make sure our gut is healthy and capable of fighting off the bad guys. Consuming naturally fermented foods such as Kombucha is just one of the many ways we can keep our guts healthy and happy.

So if you are still contemplating on whether or not you should make your own, I figured it would be helpful to give you a cost break down and comparison of buying it in the store vs. making your own.

Cost Breakdown

  • Synergy Kombucha (16 oz. bottle)

TOTAL: $3.29

PER SERVING: $1.65

  • Homemade Kombucha (1 gallon batches)

UPFRONT COSTS OF HOMEMADE KOMBUCHA: all  of these are average costs  and will vary depending on where you purchase these items.

Brita pitcher and filter: $23.99 (purchase)

1 gallon glass brewing jar: $15 (purchase)

cheesecloth to cover the jar: $3.95

A rubber band to secure the cloth: $0.00

4 32 oz. mason jars to store finished tea: $8.25

(purchase)

1-1.5 cups kombucha from a previous batch as an

acid starter: $3.29 (Synergy Kombucha)

1 Kombucha culture, or SCOBY: $15 (purchase)

-You can also get these for free if you know people that currently brew their own kombucha. SCOBY’s are always having babies as they continue to grow.

Their isn’t much to do with excess SCOBY’s other than double up on your batches you brew or dehydrate them into candy. I’m sure if you asked around someone would be willing to give you one. I bought mine from a lady at our local farmer’s market for only $3.

 

RECURRING COSTS OF HOMEMADE KOMBUCHA: aka. what you will be spending per batch after you have accumulated all the upfront costs.
Kombucha and the culture from previous batches can be used to make the next batch so these will cost nothing unless your culture goes bad or you forget to save Kombucha from your last batch.

1 gallon of filtered water $0.00

8 tea bags: $1.39 (Yogi Green Tea)

1.5 cups white sugar: $0.55

 

TOTAL UPFRONT: $69.48

TOTAL RECURRING: $1.94

COMBINED TOTAL: $71.42

INITIAL COST PER SERVING: $4.46

PER SERVING AFTER RECOUPING UPFRONT COSTS: $0.12

So as you can see, clearly it is much cheaper to make your own once you have accumulated all the upfront materials you need. You save $4.34 for every serving compared to buying it at the store. That’s one of the cheapest healthy beverages you will ever come across.

If you are wanting to spice up your Kombucha with a little flavor, follow these simple instructions below. It is even easier than brewing the Kombucha itself.

 

  1. Once your Kombucha has fermented (approximately 5-7 days depending on the temperature it was sitting in) and it is at your desired level of tartness, bottle the tea into your smaller 32 oz. mason jars or whichever size you have on hand.
  2. Make sure to save at least 1 cup of your fermented Kombucha to store your SCOBY in until you are ready to make your next batch. Pour the saved kombucha into an even smaller glass jar, place your SCOBY and your baby SCOBY if it has developed inside and cover with cheesecloth and a rubber band. Store this in a dark place until ready to bring back out again.
  3. Next: you may add any type of fruit in any type of form you would like (whole fruit, sliced, pureed, etc..this is up to you. It simply depends on convenience and whatever is easier) I chose to place whole berries in one and slices of apples in another this batch.  Get creative and try different combinations and all different kinds of fruits to figure out what you like best!
  4. Now you simply sit back and wait another 3-5 days. Cover these jars with an air tight lid.  Set the jars in a dark place in your house.
  5. This second fermentation will create a fizz. If you do not want this, slowly open your lid after a day or so and let a little bit of air out. Do this again the second day as well. If you enjoy the fizziness, just let them sit!
  6. Once they have fermented to the taste of your liking, store them in the fridge and enjoy them cold as a nice refreshing treat throughout your day!

Here are a few pics of my Kombucha Flavoring Process

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SCOBY and its baby resting until my next batch.

 

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I put my fruit in to my mason jars before I poured the Kombucha over them. You can put them in after as well. It really does not matter.

 

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And off they go to ferment another couple of days!!

Hope this information was helpful. Please share this with friends and family and post on your experience if you end up trying to make some yourself. I’d love to hear! My favorite part after making it was that my husband loved it too. He loves his Dr. Pepper, and he loved the refreshing fizziness the kombucha gave him as a replacement to his sugar loaded soda.

Until next time, Eat well, Sweat often and Love always!

 


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